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Nov. 23rd, 2006

10:30 am - I'm thankful for science fiction

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Science Fiction Book Club list of most significant SF novels between 1953-2006. Bold the ones you've read.


  1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  7. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (assigned in high school)
  11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
  12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
  15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
  16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
  18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
  19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
  21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
  22. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
  24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
  26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
  27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  31. Little, Big, John Crowley
  32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
  33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
  35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
  37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
  39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
  40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
  41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut (assigned in high school)
  43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
  44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
  47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

I, apparently, have some reading to do, though I don't think anything will be able to get me to finish The Silmarillion.

And I've read a lot of Little, Big, but there's something about that book that causes me to lose focus on it. The flavor of the book as a whole is that of a summer day where you feel something very important is going on off to the side just where you can't see it. And no matter how you look or peer about, it's still happening off to the side, just where you can't see it. It's both tantalizing and frustrating at the same time.

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From:catarzyna
Date:November 23rd, 2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
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I, apparently, have some reading to do, though I don't think anything will be able to get me to finish The Silmarillion.

I feel this way about 9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley

There are two stories and their retelling I cannot stand one is sci-fi/fantasy the other is not. I cannot stand the Arthurian Legend or Romeo & Juliet. It isn't because I do not think they are worthwhile but that they are just so overdone.


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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From:omnifarious
Date:November 24th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
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They are overdone. :-)

I won't be able to finish The Silmarillion because it is long, slow and ponderous. From what I can tell, it reads more like a history text than a story.

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From:catarzyna
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
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From what I can tell, it reads more like a history text than a story.

Well, I'm all about history texts; a good history text should tell a story with good historiography. ;-)

Actually, I didn't have a chance to read all of The Silmarillion either but what I do recall reminded me a bit of Genesis.
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